Nine Virginia wrestlers competed in the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 21).
2011 NCAA Qualifier - 133 pounds
AT VIRGINIA: 2011-12 Redshirt season Went 7-1 while competing unattached in open tournaments Placed first at 133 pounds in Newberry Open (2/4) Took second place at Edinboro Open (2/11) Defeated NCAA qualifier Scott Festejo of Old Dominion, 13-6, at Edinboro Open
2010-11 Posted 23-16 record during freshman season Went 16-10 in duals, including 3-2 in ACC action Earned at-large berth to NCAA Championships, where he went 0-2 Fell 5-1 to Levi Mele of Northwestern and 5-4 to Tyler Small of Kent State at NCAAs One of five wrestlers nationally named to NWCA All-Academic True Freshman Team Named to Academic All-ACC Wrestling Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll Scored bonus points in 13 of his 23 wins Earned two wins over 2011 NCAA qualifiers - Small of Kent State and T.J. Mitchell of Liberty Took runner-up honors at 133 at ACC Championship Knocked off No. 2 seed Lou Ruland of Maryland in ACC semifinals, avenging a Ruland pin in the regular season Nabbed wins over NC State's Conor Hovis (tech fall), UNC's Pat Owens and Duke (forfeit) during ACC regular season In last regular-season match, he nearly pinned No. 12 Kyle Hutter of ODU and held lead for majority of bout before falling on late takedown, 10-8 In his second college bout, he recorded 14-2 major decision over then-No. 18 Jimmy Kirchner of Rider Earned team's Freshman Academic Achievement Award Placed third at Cleveland State Open (12/11)
BOILING SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL State champion at 130 pounds in 2010 Four-time state placewinner Posted 167-12 career record Four-time All-Sentinel Team and All-Conference Three-time Patriot News Big 14 Team Holds school records for most wins, pins and technical falls Won sectional, district and regional titles en route to state crown his senior year Won sectionals, districts and regionals as sophomore (112 pounds) and junior (119) Placed second at state in 2008 and seventh in 2009 As freshman, won sectional and district titles and took sixth at state (103 pounds) Runner up at 2010 Dapper Dan (130 pounds) and Disney Duals with team MAWA Team captain his junior and senior seasons John Travers Scholar Athlete finalist Coached by Rodney Wright at Boiling Springs Also played football as sophomore and junior (tailback/inside linebacker/kick returner) Led team in touchdowns his junior year before suffering a broken ankle in fifth game Class Historian in 2008 and Class Treasurer in 2010
PERSONAL Parents are Steve and Kim Spisak Has three sisters, Anna, Mary-Kate and Emma Enjoys Xbox, gymnastics and riding his motorcycle